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AUGGIE
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   Posted 2/17/2007 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
nono    Well, this past Monday, the 12 of Feb. I had my surgy, the tumor and hystorectomy thing....[no cancer],and  since then with out change or variation of any kind I have had numbness in my right leg. I called my nuro's office and reported it and also the surgeon, obgyn, knows. The surgeon said maybe it's from the surgry itself, the cutting,trama etc. I am still in the limbo stage with no concrete answers and MRI negative etc. Deep down,,,and I am not a drrama queen, I know something is wrong and continue to become more and more frustrated. The nuro mentioned the lumbar punture after surgry and healing but why spend the time or money if that comes back neg. too ? Any help ? Anyone ? I do have an appointment schedualed already for the nuro and surgeon and they are in  the same " network " together.
 
When I was in the hospital they gave me hepran shots for blood clots and said I could take them in the stomach or the leg, I chose the leg because it was numb !! I guess that was in my favor. devil

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   Posted 2/17/2007 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad your surgery went well, and there are no complications, so far.

As for the lumbar puncture: If I were in a position of having some strange symptoms and/or strange things going on with my body, and not knowing what was wrong, I'd jump at any chance -- any test, anything --that might find out what was wrong, whether it was particularly invasive or not. If all other tests are coming back "negative", I'd ask for what OTHER tests there are that might prove something...or rule in/out something..and endure them, just for answers.

But that's me.
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Gretchen1
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   Posted 2/17/2007 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   

The lumbar puncture was not a wonderful experience for me but, it had a major impact on an early diagnosis for me.  I would jump at any testing your doctor is recommending.  I feel

extremely lucky to have an early diagnosis and that was due in part to extensive testing.  Good luck.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.  I am glad all post surgical news seems to

good.

 

Gretchen

 

 


rhondab
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   Posted 2/17/2007 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Auggie

Good to see u back and posting again! I'm glad the surg is over for u and hope to hear u'r 'healing well' and up and about soon. I have to say i'd agree with the others about the lumbar puncture. Tho it may not be conclusive on it's own, it can certainly open the eyes of the doc and, combined with other clinical findings, can lead to a diagnoses of whatever is going on. Follow u'r doc's lead on this and try to relax and rest so u can heal. My worst healing process was from my hysterectomy so take it easy in case that's the situation for u. Take care and let us know how u'r doing.
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AUGGIE
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   Posted 2/17/2007 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks you guys!! There is still no change from Tuesday morning to now, same numb sensation.

I don't want to sound dumb but do they use clamps or braces during that proceedure, remember I had the abdomanal incision and everything came out there. The doctor said something about possition of surgry. It still does'nt make sense.I'm sorry it's just on top of the pain and everything I went through I feel overwhelmed right now and I do so appriciated your help.

Does the lumbar puncture "change" or does it stay the same as far as the "reading" of the spinal if I were to have it now or "after I heal" like they said which is March?
Thanks!

Gretchen1
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   Posted 2/17/2007 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I am not sure about that one.  It seems to me most doctors are not going to want to do the lumbar puncture until you have had time to recover from surgery.  Your plate is pretty full. 
 
I would wait a bit before you do the lumbar puncture.  If it is MS, the evidence for that is not going to go away while you recover.  The lumbar puncture can also find a whole host of
 
other clues to your health.  Again, good luck and get well soon.
 
Gretchen

AUGGIE
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   Posted 2/18/2007 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks again to you. I will call the doctors tommorrow for everything as I am really having a hard time here with pain and being alone. I could'nt go to sleep 'till 4 am and got up around 9 am and the numbing feeling is still in my leg, no change and now my right eye is blurry again. No one can figure this out maybe I am just some crazy old woman going further crazy allthough I don't really consider myself old. But maybe I am the other, I'm just so frustrated right now !

Kimber
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   Posted 2/18/2007 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Auggie,
 
    I'm glad youre surgery went well and I wish you a speedy recovery.  I agree with the others on the lumbar puncture, it might provide another clue.  Concentrate on getting well for now, one thing at a time.  Good luck and please keep us informed.
 
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LadyEMT
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   Posted 2/18/2007 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Auggie,

I have had multiple negative/normal mri's, Positive symptoms...... Doctors couldn't go on much with that........ Then I had a spinal tap..... It showed O-Bands which is one thing they look for when trying to diagnose MS. The way they did my spinal-tap was to stuff a wedge under my stomach and have my butt up in the air, so waiting for you to heal, (just in case they do it that way), would be best. Rest up and heal, best wishes.

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AUGGIE
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   Posted 2/18/2007 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all, God Bless you all too! Thanks, I will stay in touch!

Debbie [Auggie]
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